Shannon Sharpe Reveals he's a Prostate Cancer Survivor

Sportscaster and NFL Hall of Fame football player, Shannon Sharpe has recently revealed that several years ago, he was involved in a life-threatening battle when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

This is an appropriate time to talk about the fight he had over five years ago as September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. He revealed the “secret” he kept from the public eye this past weekend on the latest broadcast of FOX NFL Sunday.

Sharpe, who is one half of the team on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed played for the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens as a tight end from1990- 2003 before retiring his cleats.

He stated that he had a bout with prostate cancer in 2016. When he was approached by Janssen about joining the cause by participating in an initiative Talk That Talk, which tries to encourage Black men to get screened for prostate cancer, it was the right time to share that he once had the deadly disease. Amazingly, they chose the right person as he never disclosed that he suffered from it in recent years.

“At the time they asked me to do it they had no idea I had been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer,” Sharpe said during the program on Sunday. “There’s a 96 percent survival rate if screened early and detected early. I’m a part of that 96 percent.”

Sharpe states he went for early testing because his father died of the disease at the age of 39. Being able to be tested and screened early, was a decision he is happy he made as he is now in remission.

Today, the Hall of Famer posted a video to his Twitter account to encourage men to get tested.

As the prostate cancer is in remission he states that he feels great.

“I am cancer-free right now,” he said. “I feel great. I don’t feel good, I feel great.”

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